David Clairmont

Associate Professor, Theology

Associate Professor, Theology
435 Malloy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556


David Clairmont studies comparative religious ethics, particularly the moral thought of Roman Catholicism and Theravada Buddhism, issues of method in Catholic moral theology, and the connection between ethics and spirituality. He is interested in questions of moral formation, inter-cultural dialogue in the Church, and the history of Christian spirituality (especially the Benedictine and Franciscan traditions). He is co-editor with William Schweiker, Maria Antonaccio, and Elizabeth Bucar of Encyclopedia of Religious Ethics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2022) and with Don S. Browning of American Religions and the Family: How Faith Traditions Cope with Modernization (Columbia University Press, 2007). He is co-author with William Schweiker of Religious Ethics: Meaning and Method (Wiley-Blackwell, 2020) and author of Moral Struggle and Religious Ethics: On the Person as Classic in Comparative Theological Contexts (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). His articles have appeared in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Religious Ethics, and the Journal of Moral Theology. His current projects include a book on the religious ethics of Thomas Merton and a book on theology and business ethics tentatively titled Love and Accounting. He earned his BBA in Accounting from Notre Dame and worked in public accounting prior to beginning his graduate work in religious ethics.